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Measuring the Information Economy 2002

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With over 80 indicators based on the most up-to-date official statistics, this study provides a comprehensive international comparison of OECD Member countries' performance in the information economy. New indicators address emerging policy issues: international differences in the quality and price of the ICT infrastructure, diffusion of Internet technologies in larger and smaller firms, relative size of cross-border electronic transactions, barriers to Internet commerce. This publication combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability: the essential findings are presented in bullet points, and methodological notes on indicators and data sources are provided. For the first time data annexes with time series for the ICT sector are available.

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ICT in Education and Government

This chapter uses available indicators based on official statistics to describe the uptake of new technologies in schools and public administrations.

The contribution of the information economy to overall economic growth assumes that the population has the skills needed to use the technology. Access to ICT in schools and use of ICT in education are extremely important for raising ICT awareness and for developing an ICT skills base in the economy. For this reason, it is useful to monitor ICT developments in education systems. The first idicators in this chapter make use of international studies undertaken at the OECD to compare some basic indicators of student ccess to and use of computers.

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